This book, to be published by Taylor and Francis press, takes substantial research in the design of affection games and provides a collection of examples, practical design patterns and instructions on how to integrate affection play in games and play. Affection games themselves range from simple casual games where players kiss or hug their way to success, to complex romantic simulation games. As software systems become more complex, bots become more realistic, and robotics extend across the uncanny valley, understanding how to design play with affection may be the difference between rich, engaging experiences and it’s opposite.

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Call for Submissions

Authors are invited to submit contributions for an edited volume on love and affection in games. This volume will be published by Taylor and Francis press in 2020 and edited by Lindsay Grace at the University of Miami School of Communication. Submissions should explore the challenges and opportunities in designing love and affection in games and play. The aim of this this book is to bring together leading researchers, artists, designers and developers in romance and affection games to explain the past, present and future of affection play in digital worlds. A wide variety of submission from academics and industry professionals is encouraged.
Authors are invited to submit work that explains or explores:

  • Designing romance and/or affection in games
  • The ethical and theoretical implications of such designs
  • The politics of gender, race, culture, class and technology in affection play
  • The success and failures of such work
  • Case studies of affection in games and play
  • Studies on play and affection
  • Best practices in the use of affection in games
  • Other topics as appropriate

Authors should consider the spectrum of affection across gender, age, and culture.
Please submit extended abstracts of no longer than 1000 words or complete drafts by

April 30th, 2019

References should be completed in Chicago Manual style (16th edition). If submitting a complete abstract, please complete the form with 1000 word or less extended abstract and attached the complete chapter by contacting ProfessorGrace at ProfessorGrace [dot] com. Questions may be addressed to the same address


Please email Lindsay Grace at the University of Miami (LGrace)